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Adoption Team Manager - Buckinghamshire

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Your new company
You will be working for an excellent organisation in Buckinghamshire and are excited to work in partnership with this fantastic client who are recruiting for an Adoption Team Manager on a 3 month, part time contract basis.

Your new role
You will ensure that all referrals, assessments and care plans for children in need and in care are carried out and implemented effectively to improve ECM outcomes for those children, by managing a team of social workers and other staff, to fulfil the organisations statutory requirements under Children Act 1989 and other legislation. As the team manager, you will be responsible for the supervision and management of the staff (between 12-25 workers) including the deputy team manager and his/her supervisory caseload, and allocation of work.

To achieve this you will:

  • Ensure that all children in need, in need of protection, and/or in care are safeguarded and their well being is promoted effectively, in line with national legislation and policy
  • Use a range of interventions with families to support children in need and at risk to live safely within their family wherever possible.
  • Work in partnership with key agencies, ensuring collaboration and information sharing for the benefit of the child
  • Work within a team consisting of deputy team manager, social workers, social work assistants and child care professionals is effectively managed and supervised, and casework is allocated and monitored across the team’s area of responsibility
  • Ensure that designated team budgets are effectively managed to ensure that every pound spent and staff time used delivers the most benefit to children worked with.
  • Assessments, care planning and case work reviews are conducted in line with legislation, agreed national standards and performance targets are met
  • Staff performance conforms to the required professional and performance standards, including full electronic recording of work on ICS
  • Decision making is based on evidence and analysis on what will most benefit the child to promote and safeguard their welfare.

What you'll need to succeed
The Adoption Team Manager will be required to work closely with colleagues across Children & Families to contribute to integrated planning and service delivery for all children in Buckinghamshire. The post holder will be directly responsible for team plans and delivery of service plans, and the management and implementation of change within these services. Children’s social care operates within an interagency framework, engaging with service providers within the organisation and with external agencies and organisations. You will need to work closely with these colleagues and supervise any staff working within multi-agency teams as appropriate.

You will have:

  • Social work qualification (DipSW, CQSW, Degree in social work or equivalent)
  • Post qualification award in subjects related to child or family work
  • Registered with the GSCC or application for registration
  • Management qualification or equivalent
  • Practice teaching award
  • Specialist knowledge of child care issues, legislation and policy and research
  • Ability to analyse, summarise and write/ record relevant information clearly and concisely so that it is easily understood by users and colleagues
  • Able to prioritise work and achieve deadlines.
  • Ability to analyse, evaluate and manage risk, and understand thresholds.
  • Able to chair inter agency meetings, legal planning meetings, and argue case cogently in court and with partner agencies
  • Ability to question, challenge, solve problems and complete tasks
  • Assessment skills – ability to demonstrate understanding of process and provide evidence of ability to apply skills
  • Able to analyse complex information and make decisions for team members in high risk situations
  • Able to make considered decisions , analyse and evaluate complex information in high risk situations
  • Able to lead and motivate staff to deliver changes in practice, team structures and joint working in line with local and national requirements
  • Able to develop, commission and manage new services whilst balancing against ongoing risk factors
  • Must be self-motivating and able to make difficult decisions and support staff in complex work, supervise and appraise staff, within a framework.
  • High level skills and knowledge in managing and motivating professional staff in a complex work area and environment
  • Ability to build and co-ordinate a team of professionals to provide a quality service to clients.
  • Responsible for the effective deployment and management of the team’s financial and staffing resources

What you'll get in return
You will get the chance to experience a rewarding, interesting environment alongside an attractive hourly rate.

What you need to do now
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Job Details

  • Buckinghamshire
  • £36.00 - £40.00 ph
  • Part-time
  • Temporary or Contract
  • Immediate start
  • Ongoing
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Vicky Wood

Telephone Number 01908 870256
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